Pet Therapy, Yoga, Massages and 24-Hour Study Lounges Will Help Relieve Final Exam Stress for Students at Rutgers University‒Newark
Editors: DeStress Fest Is Not Open to the Public but You are Welcome to Cover This Event at Rutgers University-Newark
WHAT: Each semester, “DeStress Fest” helps students at Rutgers University‒Newark cope with the stressors of final exams through a program of activities specifically designed to reduce stress and provide emotional and moral support. This fall those activities include a round-the-clock study lounge, extended hours at the campus library and athletic center, massages, relaxation stations, yoga and free snacks. All events and snacks are free; all activities open to both residential and commuter students.
WHO: DeStress Fest is sponsored by: the Office of the Chancellor, the Counseling Center, Paul Robeson Campus Center, the Center for Law and Justice, the Office of Student Life & Leadership, the Office of Housing & Residence Life, Athletics & Recreation Department, Unity Theatre , and Student Health Advocates (Health Promotion Division of Health Services).
WHEN/WHERE: DeStress Fest officially kicks off Dec. 10, 2:30-4 p.m., on the main floor of the
Paul Robeson Campus Center (PRCC), 350 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Newark. Kickoff highlights include free massages, hot cocoa and candy canes, a presentation of “It Feels Good 2 Do Good!” and a Wii dance competition (proceeds go to a charity of the winner’s choice. Participants can make stress balls, and enjoy giveaways and free refreshments.
DeStress Fest activities begin Dec. 9 and run through Dec. 21, various campus locations (Please see attached calendar)
BACKGROUND: DeStress Fest started with a twice-annual midnight pancake breakfast, held during winter and spring finals. For students who were cramming for exams, the pancake breakfasts provided nourishment, a needed break from their studies, and moral support, courtesy of Rutgers staff and administrators who served the pancakes while offering encouragement and a sympathetic ear. The breakfasts are still served but the campus has added a wide range of activities to help students manage the stresses associated with finals.
INFORMATION: For mental health/stress issues, Dr. Anice Thomas, Counseling Center, 973/353-5805; for student life issues, Gerald Massenburg, 973/353-5541. MEDIA INFORMATION: Carla Capizzi, 973/353-5263
Schedule of Events for Fall 2014 DeStress Fest
(all events are free and open to residential and commuter students)
Tuesday, Dec. 9, 9-11a.m., Center for Law and Justice (CLJ), 123 Washington St.
- Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2-4 p.m., PRCC, 350 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Kick Off!
- Thursday, Dec. 11, 10 -12 p.m., Stonsby Lounge, 91Bleeker St.;
- Saturday, Dec. 13, 9-11 a.m., CLJ
- Monday, Dec. 15, 9-11 a.m., CLJ
- Tuesday, Dec. 16, 3-5 p.m., PRCC, main floor
- Wednesday, Dec. 17, 5-7 p.m., Stonsby Lounge
- Thursday, Dec. 18, 12-2 p.m., PRCC, main floor
- Monday, Dec. 22, 11-1 p.m., PRCC, main floor
Open to all resident and commuter students, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 10 p.m., Stonsby Commons Cafeteria, 91Bleeker St.
Study Break: Free PB&J’s and other snacks, Stonsby Commons Lounge, Thursday, Dec. 18, 9 p.m.
Throw your stress to the dogs with Woof! Therapy
- Thursday, Dec. 11, 7p.m., University Square, 155 University Ave.
- Tuesday, Dec. 16, 7 p.m., Stonsby Commons Lounge
DeStress at Family & Friends
Thursday, Dec. 11, interactive games, 6:30 p.m.; interactive performance with Unity Theatre, 7:15 p.m., Bradley Hall Theatre, 392 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 3rd floor; raffles, prizes and food as well as activities.
An oxygen bar, hot stone therapy stations, Infinity Relaxation Chairs, air fresheners and body lotion (giveaways), and coffee bar. Monday, Dec. 15, 8-10 p.m., Stonsby Commons Cafeteria
Friday, Dec. 12, 12-1 p.m., PRCC Dance Studio
Free Belly Dancing Class
Friday, Dec. 19, 4 -5 p.m., PRCC Dance Studio
DeStress Ur Body! Workout!
Extended Gym Hours: Dec. 15-18 until 10:45 p.m., Golden Dome Athletic Center, 42 Warren St.
Free Game Room
Dec. 8- 12, PRCC, R Place, main floor
24-hour study lounge, Stonsby Commons
Need a quiet place to study? John Cotton Dana Library, 185 University Ave.; extended hours Dec. 11-21